Rangers must change entire team v Motherwell after marathon 240 minutes in 4 days
We’ve reached the end of a mammoth week of football for Rangers and it’s been a very successful one in all three competitions.
What began with a 4-0 win away at St Mirren last Sunday eventually culminated in a Europa League semi-final place and a shot at glory in the Scottish Cup too.
While the entire week has been tiresome, these last four days have been brutal for the Light Blues’ players who have played 240 minutes in total in just that time.
Successive extra time wins against Braga in the Europa League and then against Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final have set Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men up for a thrilling finale to their season.
Thankfully, they have a full week’s rest now before they welcome Motherwell to Ibrox next Sunday, although van Bronckhorst wants the game moved to Saturday to help with their European exploits [Glasgow Times].
The Gers are set to play RB Leipzig in the semi-finals of the Europa League next Thursday with yet another Old Firm derby to come the following Sunday, this time away at Parkhead where the Hoops ran out 3-0 winners last time.
Even if the Dutchman is able to get the Motherwell clash moved to the Saturday, he should be seriously considering making some major changes to his side.
Playing 240 minutes of football in four days, against very tough opponents too, will take the stuffing out of any player and there is the chance to make wholesale changes for the sake of the Ibrox stars to keep them somewhat fresh for the onslaught coming up.
If anything, van Bronckhorst should be putting out an entire second team against Well to ensure none of his key men pick up an unnecessary injury with such a key time in the season around the corner.